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An Act to Incorporate the Apollo Association for the Promo-
tion of the Fine Arts. [Passed May 7th, 1840.]
The People of the State of New- York, represented in Senate
and Assembly, do enact as follows :
Section 1. John W. Francis, James Herring, John H.
Gourlie, George Bruce, Augustus Greele, John P. Ridner, John
P. Nesmith, Thomas N. Campbell, Prosper M. Wetmore, and
such other persons as now are, or may hereafter, from time to
time, become associated with them, are hereby constituted a body
corporate, by the name of " The Apollo Association," for the pur-
poses of the promotion of the Fine Arts within the United States.
Sec. 2. The corporation hereby created may acquire, hold and
purchase, real and personal estate, but the whole income of such
real and personal estate shall not exceed ten thousand dollars.
Sec. 3. The said Association shall have power to make, from
time to time, such a Constitution, By-Laws and Regulations as
they shall judge proper for the election of officers, for prescribing
their respective functions, and the mode of discharging the same,
for the admission of new members into the said Association, for
the government of the officers and members thereof, for regulating
the annual rate of contributions towards the funds thereof; ap-
pointing the times and places of meeting for managing the affairs
of said Association, and for the suspending or expelling such offi-
cers and members as shall neglect or refuse to comply with the
Constitution, By-Laws and Regulations thereof.
Sec. 4. The officers of said Association shall consist of a Pre-
sident, a Corresponding Secretary, a Recording Secretary, a
Treasurer, a Committee of Management, consisting of fifteen
members who are not professional artists, and such other officers
( »6 )
as the Association may deem necessary, who shall be annually
chosen by a plurality of votes, on the third Monday in December ;
and if the annual election shall not be held on that day, then it
shall be lawful to make such election on any other day, on due
notice being given to the members of the intention to hold such
election, and there being present at the time and place designated,
fifty members of the Association ; and in case a vacancy shall
take place between the annnal meetings, then it shall be lawful
for such vacancy to be filled by the Officers and Committee of
Management, at any regular meeting of said Committee, and the
person or persons so chosen shall continue in office until the next
annual election, or until others are chosen in their places.
Sec. 5. This act shall continue in force for the period of
twenty-one years, subject, however, to amendments, modifica-
tions or repeal by the Legislature.
Sec. 6. The said corporation shall possess the general powers
and be subject to the restrictions and liabilities prescribed in the
title of the 18th chapter of the first part of the Revised Statutes.